By Franklin Wilson
Guyanese middle distance star athlete, Andrea Foster, who will graduate this June with an Associate’s Degree in General Science, has picked up yet another award from Essex County College where she is attending after being granted a scholarship in 2016.
Following recognition for her exploits in athletics and academics as part of the Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) in February this year, the 20 year-old athlete was one of six girls on Monday last who were presented with the Essex County Althea Gibson Leadership Award during the 2018 Essex County Women’s History Month celebrations.
This year’s theme was, “Students Achieving Today – Our Leaders of Tomorrow.” In a letter to Foster signed by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., Foster was described as an Essex County College student who has demonstrated academic success, contributed to the school and local communities and has shown promise to become a future leader.
A former student of Bladen Hall Multilateral School here, Foster became the first student from Essex to be bestowed with such an honour, she expressed delight at being among the first women to be recognised by the College as part of this event.
”God is forever great and I owe all my praises to him. I am beyond blessed and honoured to achieve such an award. Beyond the sky is definitely my limit and I will continue to take my positive attitudes throughout negative situations; Knock down doesn’t mean knock out.”
A number of persons were acknowledged by Foster for being there for her: “Special thanks to my mom, Alisha Fortune who has always been there for me through thick and thin. Thanks to my Primary school teacher Miss Fiona Meusa and my Secondary teachers Miss Shondell Rose (School Mom) and Sir Jamaine Braithwaithe just to name a few, who saw more than what I saw in myself. Thanks to Glory Light Tabernacle and Christian Community Center for their continued support and prayers that’s keeping and helping me to propel. Also thanks to my family, friends, godfather (Julian Edmonds), teammates and everyone that’s supporting me in every positive way.”
Another Guyanese student, Shante Hamilton-John, a former student of School of the Nations also received the award. Hamilton John is presently attending West Caldwell Tech Campus where she is pursuing a Major in Music Technology and will start college in late August this year and Franklin and Marshall College is her top choice.
The other Althea Gibson Leadership Awardees are Anaya Battle (Bloomfield Tech Campus), Shania Langford (Newark Tech Campus), Estefany Galdamez (West Caldwell Tech Campus), and Nicole Robinson (North 13th Street Campus).
In 2017, Foster was awarded for being Essex’ 2016/2017 Women’s Cross Country Academic Scholar for her overall GPA of 3.87. She was also rewarded by the US Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association as an All American (NJCAA) National Junior College Athletic Association Track and Field 800M stand out for the 2017 Indoor Track and Field Season.
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